D’Monterrio Gibson, a 24-year-old FedEx driver, was allegedly approached by a father and son in Brookhaven on Jan. 24, 2022. According to him, the duo chased and shot him while he was delivering packages on the same street.
The accused father-son duo have been identified as Gregory Case, 57, and Brandon Case, 35. Accusations of racism have surfaced across the city.
Brandon and Gregory were first arrested in February and released soon after by returning bail. According to D’Monterrio Gibson, it took him almost 10 months to get to this stage in this case.
The duo were found guilty again by a grand jury, with bonds issued at $500,000 each.
African-American FedEx driver D’Monterrio Gibson faces trial after 10 months
At 7:30 p.m. on January 24, 2022, D’Monterrio Gibson was delivering packages on a street in Brookhaven. He was wearing his FedEx uniform and driving an unmarked vehicle rented from the company. Gibson suddenly noticed that he was being followed by a white pickup truck, behind which 57-year-old Gregory Case was said to be sitting.
Gregory Case began honking his horn loudly and approached the FedEx truck more aggressively. D’Monterrio Gibson issued a statement to the Mississippi Free Press shortly after the incident, saying:
“As I exit the driveway he starts driving in the grass and tries to cut me off. My instincts kick in, I drive around him and accelerate to get out of the neighborhood because I don’t know what his intentions are.”
While driving, the D’Monterrio Gibson noticed a man identified as Brandon standing in the middle of the road. The latter pointed a gun at him and opened fire. Brandon then sat in his father’s truck and continued chasing and shooting at Gibson’s car.
According to the police report dated January 25, 2022, the FedEx car and the goods inside were damaged after being hit by bullets. According to Gibson, he was followed until he reached a freeway. He was not injured during this whole incident.
D’Monterrio Gibson said the police were not very active in investigating the case. He thinks they wasted a lot of time worrying about the neighborhood’s reputation. He continued:
“They gave them too much time to hide evidence and do other things and they should have been on their case.”
Gibson’s attorney, Carlos Moore, supported his client’s statements, adding:
“We believe there has been a delay on the part of Brookhaven Police. We believe the investigation was sloppy…”
10 months after that incident, on November 19, 2022, the father-son duo was charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and shooting a vehicle.
The bails for the accused duo’s release were set at $500,000 each
Originally, Bradon was held on a $150,000 bond and a $75,000 bond was issued in Gregory’s name. Both soon bonded.
On Friday, a grand jury found Gregory and Brandon guilty and awarded justice to 24-year-old D’Monterrio Gibson.
Commenting on the recent progress in the case, Moore said:
“I know that Dr. King said, ‘Justice delayed is not justice denied,’ but almost 10 months from the date he was approached, assaulted and nearly killed, we finally have charges.”
He further added:
“My client is pleased that justice is being served in this case. This is a step in the right direction. We hope for a conviction when the jury trial for a conviction in each takes place.”
Bonds for each of the men were then set at $500,000, with both Gregory and Brandon committing. Carlos also compared this case to a 2020 case of an African American man, Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot dead by three Caucasian men in Georgia.
“They volunteered to pay for his (D’Monterrio Gibson) counseling, which is a step in the right direction, but he also has to live. You should write a paycheck for this man right away. He hasn’t had a paycheck in over a week now…”
FedEx later released a statement stating:
“The safety of our team members is our top priority and we remain focused on their well-being. We will continue to support Mr. Gibson as he works with investigative authorities.”
The two defendants have not yet been charged before the district judge. As such, they are innocent until proven guilty.